Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar
The mother-in-law recently hit a big milestone birthday so the whole family got together to celebrate. We took her to Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar to satisfy her seafood craving. It was a large party of 9, once you add in the parents, sisters, their spouses, little brother and us. A big group means more food to try!
We had a reservation and were seated at a roomy table by the window. Plenty of natural light comes in during the day due to the huge windows. The lunchtime menu is only one page and does not have any options for kids. The waitress suggested sharing one of the sandwiches for the little brother.
As a starter, Dennis and I ordered the Clam Chowder. This was a chunky and savory chowder that included potato and bacon strips as well as the usual clams. It was seriously one of the best chowders we've had in a while. The little brother had never eaten this type of soup before and kept asking for more and more. It was also accompanied by these hearty cheddar biscuits that we broke into pieces to dip in the chowder. At least, that’s how I’d eat it.
This was the OTHER version of "clam chowder" in a poutine fries style. We had debated between this and the soup but luckily someone else ordered it. The fries were crispy and as a whole worked well in this form but the soup was still the winner.
I shared some fresh oysters with one sister-in-law and her husband. This set of 6 included pairs of hood canal, Ironside Select and one other (can't remember). I am a newer fan of oysters and still remember how good these were with the light sherry sauce that I had first sampled at Taste of Little Italy.
Dennis's little brother ordered this (to share with father-in-law). I think he only managed to eat 2, plus bits and pieces of everyone else's food, before calling it quits. We claimed one of the claws for ourselves in exchange for some chowder. Dennis went to work cracking our claw. If it weren't for him, I'd be too lazy to eat things like these haha.
We had to order the Lobster roll with brown butter mayo, crispy shallots, and chives. I like the buttery and crusty bread here much better than SuperNatural Sandwiches. The lobster pieces were plentiful under the fried onion bits. I read somewhere that they use 1lb of lobster! It definitely is stuffed!
Mmmmmmm.... lobster goodness. I admit I’ve eaten more than my share quite a few times so had to remind myself to stop halfway so that Dennis would get his share, especially after working the claw for us.
For a main entree, Dennis ordered the grilled yellowtail with sauce vierge, made with olive oil, lemon juice and chopped tomato. This fish had a gorgeous sear on the outside and stayed moist yet flaky so we enjoyed it. I didn't really care for the accompanying saffron rice and creamy but sweet slaw. For the price, I think I'd rather have another lobster roll.
I believe father-in-law ordered the Wahoo fish plate with lemon butter.
The seafood paella contains fish, chorizo, shrimp, clams, mussels, and tomato. I don’t remember anything in particular about this dish but maybe I didn’t try it.
Dennis also ordered a drink cuz that's how he rolls.
After finishing a huge lunch, they brought out a dessert and we sang happy birthday to the mother-in-law!
We had a very pleasant gathering at Ironside Fish & Oyster. Our waiter was attentive and everyone enjoyed the food. It also wasn't as expensive as I imagined seafood to be so that was another plus. I'm down for another visit, maybe even enough to brave any lines for their happy hour and $1 oysters. What about you?
Ironside Fish & Oyster Bar
1654 India Street
San Diego CA 92101